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Assemblies are a way to define an entity that is formed from a collection of elements or members and can be thought of as a super-element. This is not an analysis entity; it is a convenience for post-processing, such as cut section forces. Typical uses of assemblies include cores, where the core is modelled with 2D finite elements, or trusses where the truss is modelled with top and bottom chords and bracing. In both of these cases, the assembly is identified by a list of included elements. Unlike the analysis elements, an assembly does not have a clearly define orientation and location of reference point, these must be defined explicitly. Refer to Assemblies to read more.


Icon Type Name Description
TextParamTextNameAssembly Name
TextParamTextAssembly typeAssembly type
GenericParamGenericListAssembly Entities
IntegerParamIntegerTopology 1Node at the start of the Assembly
IntegerParamIntegerTopology 2Node at the end of the Assembly
IntegerParamIntegerOrientation NodeAssembly Orientation Node
UnitNumberUnit Number LengthExtents yExtents of the Assembly in y-direction
UnitNumberUnit Number LengthExtents zExtents of the Assembly in z-direction
IntegerParamInteger ListInternal TopologyList of nodes that define the curve of the Assembly
IntegerParamIntegerCurve FitCurve Fit for curved elements
Lagrange Interpolation (2) or Circular Arc (1)
GenericParamGenericDefinitionAssembly definition

Note: the above properties can be retrieved using the Get Assembly component